What is Man to Man in Football?

Man to man in Football is a defensive coverage strategy wherein each defensive player is assigned to defend against a single offensive player. The defensive backs are paired against the wide receivers while the linebackers are matched against tight ends and running backs. Defensive linemen still perform the same role of rushing the quarterback and defending against the run.

Man to man coverage is used primarily when the defense has an advantage against the offense, such as stronger defenders than receivers on the field. Man to man defense is also used when the defense blitz's the offense.

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